The quaich is a traditional Scottish drinking vessel, which evolved during the 17th. and 18th. centuries from a more primitive wooden bowl as an elaborate and eye catching piece of craftsmanship.
In Treen for the Table, Jonathan Levi describes feathered staves “fitted together miraculously accurately, being made, it is believed, only with simple tools”.
Although a small glass tumbler is generally preferred for drinking whisky these days, to better appreciate colour and aroma, quaichs are still popular in Scotland, where they make perfect gifts to mark special occasions: births, christenings, marriages and important birthdays.